There is an interesting admission from the makers of the video game Deus Ex:
“And that’s all real. One of the designers read about Mount Weather on a website somewhere and said it should be in the game. There really are these executive orders that have been passed since the Eisenhower administration that say, ‘Here’s what’s gonna happen in the state of national emergency.’ And I started reading the conspiracy theories surrounding them, and did a legal search. I had a lawyer go and get a copy of the original executive orders – she could probably get fired. And it’s all true. Recently when an announcement came that there was this shadow government in operation, congress was going, ‘This is an outrage. How could we not have known?’ And everyone in the studio was going, ‘We knew about that three years ago!’”
archived here: https://web.archive.org/web/20120515225417/http://www.edge-online.com/features/making-deus-ex
For some preliminary background information, see the writing of Gurudas, in his chapters on "State and Federal Police": https://archive.org/stream/Treason-TheNewWorldOrder-Gurudas1996#page/n157/mode/2up,
and "Martial Law and Emergency Rule Today": https://archive.org/stream/Treason-TheNewWorldOrder-Gurudas1996#page/n187/mode/2up
from his book "Treason".
As regards the work of Alex, the other documentary of his that I recommend is his documentary "State of Mind": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47gd_wfsN78
- while that is not academic, those who desire interviews with academics would benefit from the documentary series "Counter-Intelligence", which covers related issues: http://metanoia-films.org/counter-intelligence/
That covers a lot of ground, but just to cover areas not discussed there - first, there are all kinds or everyday egregious offenses - and we know that this is becoming increasingly militarized - examples:
We know that children can no longer have lemonade stands without $50/day permits: http://www.today.com/id/43769978/ns/us_news-weird_news/#.VCu8r_ldWSo
We know that in Oregon, it is illegal to collect rainwater that falls on your own property: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/oregon-man-sentenced-30-days-jail-collecting-rainwater-his-property
We know that in much of the US it is illegal to feed the homeless: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Houston-permit-rule-stops-couple-s-effort-to-feed-1611603.php, http://blog.chron.com/believeitornot/2011/11/homeless-ministry-says-dallas-food-ordinance-restricts-their-religious-freedom/, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/28/us/28homeless.html?pagewanted=all, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/10/orlando-food-not-bombs-arrests_n_874840.html, http://nation.foxnews.com/michael-bloomberg/2012/03/19/nanny-bloomberg-bans-food-donations-homeless-shelters-too-salty
We know that in a public school in Texas, a 12-year-old girl named Sarah Bustamantes was arrested for spraying herself with perfume: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jan/09/texas-police-schools
We know that a 13-year-old student at a school in Albuquerque, New Mexico was arrested by police for burping in class: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57334925/student-arrested-for-burping-lawsuit-claims/
We know that in Tulsa, Oklahoma, one unemployed woman had her survival garden ripped out and carted away by government agents because it did not conform to regulations: http://www.newson6.com/story/18802728/woman-sues-city-of-tulsa-for-cutting-down-her-edible-garden
We know that if you milk your cow and sell some of the milk to your neighbor, you could end up having your home raided by federal agents: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/28/feds-sting-amish-farmer-selling-raw-milk-locally/
We know that it came out in court that one school district in Pennsylvania secretly recorded more than 66,000 images of students using webcams that were embedded in school-issued laptops that the students were using at home.: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/pa/20101012_Lower_Merion_district_s_laptop_saga_ends_with__610_000_settlement.html
We know that the May 13, 2009 article "Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More" showed that Boy Scouts were being trained by US Customs and Border Patrol in simulated terrorism drills, and border confrontations: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/14/us/14explorers.html?_r=0
WE know that the NY Times, May 18, 2008, lauded the fact that citizens are reporting on each other, ensuring "a substantial increase in Crime Stopper-related arrests and recovered property, as callers turn in neighbors, grandchildren or former boyfriends in exchange for a little cash.": http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/18/us/18crimestopper.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
We know that operation Bright Eyes is encouraging utility workers to become citizen snitch spies: http://house2house.brighthouse.com/operation-bright-eyes-we%E2%80%99re-here-to-help/
We know for instance, that the March 03, 2008 "The Progressive" article "The FBI Deputizes Business" stated, "Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The members of this rapidly growing group, called InfraGard, receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public does—and, at least on one occasion, before elected officials. In return, they provide information to the government, which alarms the ACLU. But there may be more to it than that. One business executive, who showed me his InfraGard card, told me they have permission to “shoot to kill” in the event of martial law.": http://www.progressive.org/node/6052/#sthash.FhdecOa5.dpuf
We know that the August 12, 2009 "The Progressive" article "The Pentagon Wants Authority to Post Almost 400,000 Military Personnel in U.S." stated, "In June, the U.S. Northern Command distributed a “Congressional Fact Sheet” entitled “Legislative Proposal for Activation of Federal Reserve Forces for Disasters.” That proposal would amend current law, thereby “authorizing the Secretary of Defense to order any unit or member of the Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Navy Reserve, and the Marine Corps Reserve, to active duty for a major disaster or emergency.”
Taken together, these reserve units would amount to “more than 379,000 military personnel in thousands of communities across the United States,” explained": http://www.progressive.org/wx081209b.html#sthash.IyDsFnA5.dpuf
The The Wired 2/8/2013 headline "DHS Watchdog OKs ‘Suspicionless’ Seizure of Electronic Devices Along Border" says it all: http://www.wired.com/2013/02/electronics-border-seizures/
The headline of the UK Mail Online article "New police powers 'will curb Press freedom': Officers will be allowed to confiscate material from journalists" says it all: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2278923/New-police-powers-curb-Press-freedom-Officers-allowed-confiscate-material-journalists.html#ixzz3EqQKr5VV
However, rather chilling is the Tuesday 5 February 2013 UK Guardian article "Chilling legal memo from Obama DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens": http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/feb/05/obama-kill-list-doj-memo
This becomes particularly jaw dropping when you realize that according to the Washington Post article "Democrats push to redeploy Obama’s voter database", "If you voted this election season, President Obama almost certainly has a file on you. His vast campaign database includes information on voters’ magazine subscriptions, car registrations, housing values and hunting licenses, along with scores estimating how likely they were to cast ballots for his reelection.": http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/democrats-push-to-redeploy-obamas-voter-database/2012/11/20/d14793a4-2e83-11e2-89d4-040c9330702a_story.html
According to NSA whistleblowers, the agency “has the capability to do individualized searches, similar to Google, for particular electronic communications in real time through such criteria as target addresses, locations, countries and phone numbers, as well as watch-listed names, keywords, and phrases in email.” (see p. 3): https://info.publicintelligence.net/NSA-WilliamBinneyDeclaration.pdf
According to Gizmodo, the Department of Homeland Security will soon be using laser-based scanners that can scan your body, your clothes and your luggage from 164 feet away: http://gizmodo.com/5923980/the-secret-government-laser-that-instantly-knows-everything-about-you
For more on emerging tracking methods, see the 01/25/2013 article "11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will Use to Track You": http://www.wired.com/2013/01/biometrics/?pid=1775&viewall=true
The DNA of almost every newborn baby in America is collected and stored by the government: https://www.aclu.org/free-speech-technology-and-liberty-womens-rights/newborn-dna-banking
Schools are beginning to require students to carry IDs with RFID microchips in them wherever they go: http://www.salon.com/2012/10/08/big_brother_invades_our_classrooms/
Law Enforcement agencies all over California are secretly tracking cell phone users: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140313/12065026569/newly-obtained-documents-show-law-enforcement-agencies-all-over-california-are-using-stingray-devices.shtml
See also the November 19, 2012 article "California gets face scanners to spy on everyone at once": http://rt.com/usa/california-facefirst-surveillance-recognition-908/
And the August 10, 2012 article "Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance system": http://rt.com/usa/stratfor-trapwire-abraxas-wikileaks-313/
According to the UK Telegraph article "EU funding 'Orwellian' artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for "abnormal behaviour"", "The European Union is spending millions of pounds developing "Orwellian" technologies designed to scour the internet and CCTV images for "abnormal behaviour"": http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/6210255/EU-funding-Orwellian-artificial-intelligence-plan-to-monitor-public-for-abnormal-behaviour.html
A National Guard whistleblower revealed that "doomsday" preppers are to be treated as terrorists: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZqDY-z4mGY
The 132-page document, titled U.S. Army Techniques Publication 3-39.33: Civil Disturbances (PDF), was written in April 2014, and obtained by Public Intelligence describes the potential deployment of a “lethal response” directed against “unarmed civilians,” including “sniper response” and "small arms direct fire" [see table on p. 2-10] during possible "full riots" in the United States: https://publicintelligence.net/usarmy-civil-disturbances/
The U.S. Army is preparing to fight political dissidents who challenge the power of the state as “megacities” become the battleground of the future, according to an Aug. 30, 2014 report in the Army Times: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140830/NEWS/308300056/Army-sees-megacities-future-battlefield
A cause for concern is given by Mark Baard's 23 Jun 2007 article "Sentient world: war games on the grandest scale", an excerpt of which notes "the US Department of Defense (DOD) may already be creating a copy of you in an alternate reality to see how long you can go without food or water, or how you will respond to televised propaganda.
The DOD is developing a parallel to Planet Earth, with billions of individual "nodes" to reflect every man, woman, and child this side of the dividing line between reality and AR.
Called the Sentient World Simulation (SWS), it will be a "synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information", according to a concept paper for the project.
"SWS provides an environment for testing Psychological Operations (PSYOP)," the paper reads, so that military leaders can "develop and test multiple courses of action to anticipate and shape behaviors of adversaries, neutrals, and partners".
SWS also replicates financial institutions, utilities, media outlets, and street corner shops. By applying theories of economics and human psychology, its developers believe they can predict how individuals and mobs will respond to various stressors.": http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/06/23/sentient_worlds/
As I wrote here, "read the military document Joint Vision 2020, which lays out the agenda of Full Spectrum Dominance.: http://www.scribd.com/doc/33264319/Joint-Vision-2020
Then, read Control Warfare: Inside the OODA Loop.: http://www.scribd.com/doc/33264282/Control-Warfare-Inside-the-OODA-Loop
Which discusses the OODA loop, one of the battlefields on which the RMA operates (this is discussed in Revolution in Military Affairs - 1990 up to the present). OODA stands for Observe-Orient-Decide-Act. The traditional usage of the term refers to the military exercising their OODA loop in a manner more efficient than the enemy. Another usage of the term (such as in Control Warfare) refers to anticipating the enemy’s (our) actions based on knowledge of the environment from which they (we) absorb inputs, and knowledge of their (our) genetic, cultural, and informational makeup, from which decisions and actions can be inferred.
In Brent Jessop's document, excerpts are given from an important military document on information warfare, which contains the phrase, "We must fight the net." This article is thehe 2003 Pentagon document entitled the Information Operations Roadmap was released to the public after a Freedom of Information Request by the National Security Archive at George Washington University in 2006 - Jessop cuts through the rhetoric to reveal the reality - that it targets everybody, including U.S. citizens: https://archive.org/stream/SetOfMainArticlesFromKnowledgeDrivenRevolution/Set-of-Main-Articles-From-Knowledge-Driven-Revolution-by-Brent-Jessop#page/n179/mode/2up
The article Constant Conflict by Ralph Peters, in the U.S. Army War College quarterly Parameters (Summer 1997, pp. 4-14), provides insights. He wrote:
"We have entered an age of constant conflict. Information is at once our core commodity and the most destabilizing factor of our time. Until now, history has been a quest to acquire information; today, the challenge lies in managing information. Those of us who can sort, digest, synthesize, and apply relevant knowledge soar--professionally, financially, politically, militarily, and socially. We, the winners, are a minority.
For the world masses, devastated by information they cannot manage or effectively interpret, life is "nasty, brutish . . . and short-circuited." The general pace of change is overwhelming, and information is both the motor and signifier of change. Those humans, in every country and region, who cannot understand the new world, or who cannot profit from its uncertainties, or who cannot reconcile themselves to its dynamics, will become the violent enemies of their inadequate governments, of their more fortunate neighbors, and ultimately of the United States. We are entering a new American century, in which we will become still wealthier, culturally more lethal, and increasingly powerful. We will excite hatreds without precedent." (emphasis added)
A related item - military literature has actually discussed disabling the cognitive function of political dissidents, like the document “Toward Narrative Disruptors and Inductors: Mapping the Narrative Comprehension Network and its Persuasive Effects”, which notes that "Once the research group determines which parts of the brain are associated with cognitive reasoning and narrative comprehension, they will be attempt to impair those sections in order to “create a fundamental basis for understanding how to disrupt or enhance aspects of narrative structure and/or brain functioning to minimize or maximize persuasive effects on subject proclivity to engage in political violence.” (Page 23) ": http://www.activistpost.com/2013/07/secret-darpa-mind-control-project.html
Here is a military PR video that breaks this down, giving us the context that the goal is for the military’s OODA loop to be quicker and more efficient than the enemy’s, integrating Sensors (O), situational awareness (O), dynamic command and control (D), and effects delivery (A): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeWnZRZrpaY
What Military PR omits, however, is that in the context of Full Spectrum Dominance, all battlefields must be completely controlled. Therefore, all inputs informing the OODA loop of the enemy must be manufactured and not leave the acceptable domain of information. Therefore, alternative media, even though it is superior to mainstream media in some respects, is immediately suspect, since it would be instantly marginalized if it were not approved. Thus, we can say that much of the alternative media is designed to create a controlled anti-thesis to this system, leading to a new synthesis that leaves the fundamentals of this Global Beehive undisturbed. Indeed, the military anticipated this antithesis, calling it the “Eagle Movement” in their future history. : https://web.archive.org/web/20120628091815/http://www.oldthinkernews.com/2011/05/1994-army-war-college-paper-proposes-use-of-computer-generated-insurgents/
I'd now like to bring your attention to a very perceptive comment made by Philip K. Dick:
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. … So I ask, in my writing, what is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind.” Philip K. Dick, How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later, 1978.
In addition to Observation, Orientation must be controlled, so that the enemy (us) will not be able to summon our resources to properly escape domination.
Those who somehow manage to escape the control over O-O will, if this is achieved, be recognized as outliers via “sense and respond” systems in the sensor/information/engagement grid informing the Elite’s OODA loop, which utilizes Network Centric Warfare. They may be disoriented via informational/chemical/biological attack, or they may be eliminated entirely.
So, to recap, the above definition shows that in the system at present and coming into view (unless we do something about it), the Elite executes their OODA loop more efficiently than the rest of the population, and the Action that they take is to try and dominate the O-O aspects of OUR OODA loop. Those immune to this action will, if we do not stop them, be dealt with in the ways discussed in the above paragraph."
According to the UK Guardian, Sunday 8 April 2007 article, "Revolution, flashmobs, and brain chips. A grim vision of the future", "An electromagnetic pulse will probably become operational by 2035 able to destroy all communications systems in a selected area or be used against a "world city" such as an international business service hub. The development of neutron weapons which destroy living organisms but not buildings "might make a weapon of choice for extreme ethnic cleansing in an increasingly populated world". The use of unmanned weapons platforms would enable the "application of lethal force without human intervention, raising consequential legal and ethical issues". The "explicit use" of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and devices delivered by unmanned vehicles or missiles.": http://www.theguardian.com/science/2007/apr/09/frontpagenews.news
Lt. Col. John B. Alexander, in an article in Military Review entitled "The New Mental BattleField", noted that "Soviet researchers studying controlled behavior have also examined the effects of electromagnetic radiation on humans and have applied those techniques against the US Embassy in Moscow. Researchers suggest that certain extremely-low-frequency (ELF) emissions possess psychoactive characteristics.15
These transmissions can be used to induce depression or irritability in a target population. The application of large-scale ELF behavior modification could have horrendous impact.":www.icomw.org/documents/alexander.pdf
More on this is in the following CNN presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqb-o1_PWwg&list=PL9FC3D8CF17F09C91&feature=plpp_play_all
Dr. Jose Delgado, one of the most famous mind-control proponents, was able to overtake animals brain activity with microchips in the 1960s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQtd7ANYlq8
The following article, "The forgotten era of Brainchips", whitewashes Delgado, but still notes that his work was taken very seriously by the Office of Naval Research: http://www.wireheading.com/delgado/brainchips.pdf
Delgado noted, in a speech recorded in the February 24, 1974 edition of the Congressional Record, No. 26, Vol. 118: "We need a program of psychosurgery for political control of our society.The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated. The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective. Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Someday, armies and generals will be controlled by electric stimulation of the brain."
He was not condemned as a psychopath. He kept on with his respectable academic career - showing the level of comfort with these types of thoughts in these circles.
The article "Where’s Jimmy? Just Google His Bar Code" stated: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2010/05/14/radio-frequency-rfid-implant/
"There are a number of entrepreneurial companies marketing radio tracking technologies, including Positive ID, Datakey and MicroChips. Companies started marketing the idea behind these innovative technologies a few years ago, as excellent devices for tracking everyone, all the time."
Chapter 4 of "Information Operations: A New War-Fighting Capability," contained in Volume 3 of Air Force 2025: Final Report by the U.S. Department of Defense (August 1996) states the following, euphemistically highlighting future trends: "Ethical and Public Relations Issues. Implanting "things" in people raises ethical and public relations issues.112
While these concerns may be founded on today's thinking, in 2025 they may not be as alarming. We already are evolving toward technology implanting. For example, the military currently requires its members to receive mandatory injections of biological organisms (i.e
., the flu shot). In the civilian world, people receive mechanical hearts and other organs. Society has come to accept most of these implants as a fact of life. By 2025 it is possible medical technology will have nerve chips that allow amputees to control artificial limbs or eye chips that allow the blind to see.113
The civilian populace will likely accept an implanted microscopic chips that allow military members to defend vital national interests. Further, the US military will continue to be a volunteer force that will freely accept the chip because it is a tool to control technology and not as a tool to control the human.": https://web.archive.org/web/20021209115213/http://www.au.af.mil/au/2025/volume3/chap02/v3c2-4.htm
As technology advances, the methods of control and domination will only increase given the road we’re currently on (for the mid-level people, who do not fall into extreme poverty, those who Orwell would call the outer party). Bill Joy, cofounder and Chief Scientist of Sun Microsystems, endorsed the following statement as valid, in his article "Why the future doesn't need us.": "[...] it is possible that human control over the machines may be retained. In that case the average man may have control over certain private machines of his own, such as his car or his personal computer, but control over large systems of machines will be in the hands of a tiny elite - just as it is today, but with two differences. Due to improved techniques the elite will have greater control over the masses; and because human work will no longer be necessary the masses will be superfluous, a useless burden on the system. If the elite is ruthless they may simply decide to exterminate the mass of humanity. If they are humane they may use propaganda or other psychological or biological techniques to reduce the birth rate until the mass of humanity becomes extinct, leaving the world to the elite. Or, if the elite consists of soft-hearted liberals, they may decide to play the role of good shepherds to the rest of the human race. They will see to it that everyone's physical needs are satisfied, that all children are raised under psychologically hygienic conditions, that everyone has a wholesome hobby to keep him busy, and that anyone who may become dissatisfied undergoes "treatment" to cure his "problem." Of course, life will be so purposeless that people will have to be biologically or psychologically engineered either to remove their need for the power process or make them "sublimate" their drive for power into some harmless hobby. These engineered human beings may be happy in such a society, but they will most certainly not be free. They will have been reduced to the status of domestic animals." - http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/8.04/joy.html
An overview of what this might begin to look like, just in the next few decades, is here, a trailer of the "Purity First" video in the game "Deus Ex: Human Revolution": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1QyddJgR80
That trailer is actually consistent with scientific trends as reported by the following NSF document: http://www.wtec.org/ConvergingTechnologies/Report/NBIC_pre_publication.pdf,
the following report from the RAND corporation: http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monograph_reports/2005/MR1307.pdf
(a less formal overview of these advances is provided here: http://www.skewsme.com/implants.html#axzz3EpkBxoMP)
NBC is even telling us to expect a cashless society and a micro-chipped population in the near future!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YJsxMcAJoA
According to the UK Guardian, Sunday 8 April 2007 article, "Revolution, flashmobs, and brain chips. A grim vision of the future", "By 2035, an implantable "information chip" could be wired directly to the brain.": http://www.theguardian.com/science/2007/apr/09/frontpagenews.news
A follow-up report from the UK Ministry of Defence, entitled Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2040, stated, p. 136: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/33717/GST4_v9_Feb10.pdf
"By 2040 it is likely that the majority of the
global population will find it difficult to ‘turn the outside world off’. ICT is likely to be so
pervasive that people could be permanently connected to local or global networks, with
inherent challenges to civil liberties. Even amongst those who make an explicit life-style
choice to remain detached, choosing to be disconnected may be considered suspicious
Kevin Haggerty, in the Dec 10, 2006 Toronto Star Special article "One Generation is all They Need", stated: https://web.archive.org/web/20080118012906/http://www.thestar.com/sciencetech/article/136744
"By the time my four-year-old son is swathed in the soft flesh of old age, he will likely find it unremarkable that he and almost everyone he knows will be permanently implanted with a microchip. Automatically tracking his location in real time, it will connect him with databases monitoring and recording his smallest behavioural traits.
Most people anticipate such a prospect with a sense of horrified disbelief, dismissing it as a science-fiction fantasy. The technology, however, already exists. For years humane societies have implanted all the pets that leave their premises with a small identifying microchip. As well, millions of consumer goods are now traced with tiny radio frequency identification chips that allow satellites to reveal their exact location.
A select group of people are already "chipped" with devices that automatically open doors, turn on lights, and perform other low-level miracles. Prominent among such individuals is researcher Kevin Warwick of Reading University in England; Warwick is a leading proponent of the almost limitless potential uses for such chips.
Other users include the patrons of the Baja Beach Club in Barcelona, many of whom have paid about $150 (U.S.) for the privilege of being implanted with an identifying chip that allows them to bypass lengthy club queues and purchase drinks by being scanned. These individuals are the advance guard of an effort to expand the technology as widely as possible.
From this point forward, microchips will become progressively smaller, less invasive, and easier to deploy. Thus, any realistic barrier to the wholesale "chipping" of Western citizens is not technological but cultural. It relies upon the visceral reaction against the prospect of being personally marked as one component in a massive human inventory.
Today we might strongly hold such beliefs, but sensibilities can, and probably will, change. How this remarkable attitudinal transformation is likely to occur is clear to anyone who has paid attention to privacy issues over the past quarter-century. There will be no 3 a.m
. knock on the door by storm troopers come to force implants into our bodies. The process will be more subtle and cumulative, couched in the unassailable language of progress and social betterment, and mimicking many of the processes that have contributed to the expansion of closed-circuit television cameras and the corporate market in personal data.
A series of tried and tested strategies will be marshalled to familiarize citizens with the technology. These will be coupled with efforts to pressure tainted social groups and entice the remainder of the population into being chipped.
This, then, is how the next generation will come to be microchipped.
It starts in distant countries. Having tested the technology on guinea pigs, both human and animal, the first widespread use of human implanting will occur in nations at the periphery of the Western world. Such developments are important in their own right, but their international significance pertains to how they familiarize a global audience with the technology and habituate them to the idea that chipping represents a potential future.
An increasing array of hypothetical chipping scenarios will also be depicted in entertainment media, furthering the familiarization process.
In the West, chips will first be implanted in members of stigmatized groups. Pedophiles are the leading candidate for this distinction, although it could start with terrorists, drug dealers, or whatever happens to be that year's most vilified criminals. Short-lived promises will be made that the technology will only be used on the "worst of the worst." In fact, the wholesale chipping of incarcerated individuals will quickly ensue, encompassing people on probation and on parole.
Even accused individuals will be tagged, a measure justified on the grounds that it would stop them from fleeing justice. Many prisoners will welcome this development, since only chipped inmates will be eligible for parole, weekend release, or community sentences. From the prison system will emerge an evocative vocabulary distinguishing chippers from non-chippers.
Although the chips will be justified as a way to reduce fraud and other crimes, criminals will almost immediately develop techniques to simulate other people's chip codes and manipulate their data.
The comparatively small size of the incarcerated population, however, means that prisons would be simply a brief stopover on a longer voyage. Commercial success is contingent on making serious inroads into tagging the larger population of law-abiding citizens. Other stigmatized groups will therefore be targeted. This will undoubtedly entail monitoring welfare recipients, a move justified to reduce fraud, enhance efficiency, and ensure that the poor do not receive "undeserved" benefits.
Once e-commerce is sufficiently advanced, welfare recipients will receive their benefits as electronic vouchers stored on their microchips, a policy that will be tinged with a sense of righteousness, as it will help ensure that clients can only purchase government-approved goods from select merchants, reducing the always disconcerting prospect that poor people might use their limited funds to purchase alcohol or tobacco.
Civil libertarians will try to foster a debate on these developments. Their attempts to prohibit chipping will be handicapped by the inherent difficulty in animating public sympathy for criminals and welfare recipients — groups that many citizens are only too happy to see subjected to tighter regulation. Indeed, the lesser public concern for such groups is an inherent part of the unarticulated rationale for why coerced chipping will be disproportionately directed at the stigmatized.
The official privacy arm of the government will now take up the issue. Mandated to determine the legality of such initiatives, privacy commissioners and Senate Committees will produce a forest of reports presented at an archipelago of international conferences. Hampered by lengthy research and publication timelines, their findings will be delivered long after the widespread adoption of chipping is effectively a fait accompli. The research conclusions on the effectiveness of such technologies will be mixed and open to interpretation.
Officials will vociferously reassure the chipping industry that they do not oppose chipping itself, which has fast become a growing commercial sector. Instead, they are simply seeking to ensure that the technology is used fairly and that data on the chips is not misused. New policies will be drafted.
Employers will start to expect implants as a condition of getting a job. The U.S. military will lead the way, requiring chips for all soldiers as a means to enhance battlefield command and control — and to identify human remains. From cooks to commandos, every one of the more than one million U.S. military personnel will see microchips replace their dog tags.
Following quickly behind will be the massive security sector. Security guards, police officers, and correctional workers will all be expected to have a chip. Individuals with sensitive jobs will find themselves in the same position.
The first signs of this stage are already apparent. In 2004, the Mexican attorney general's office started implanting employees to restrict access to secure areas. The category of "sensitive occupation" will be expansive to the point that anyone with a job that requires keys, a password, security clearance, or identification badge will have those replaced by a chip.
Judges hearing cases on the constitutionality of these measures will conclude that chipping policies are within legal limits. The thin veneer of "voluntariness" coating many of these programs will allow the judiciary to maintain that individuals are not being coerced into using the technology.
In situations where the chips are clearly forced on people, the judgments will deem them to be undeniable infringements of the right to privacy. However, they will then invoke the nebulous and historically shifting standard of "reasonableness" to pronounce coerced chipping a reasonable infringement on privacy rights in a context of demands for governmental efficiency and the pressing need to enhance security in light of the still ongoing wars on terror, drugs, and crime.
At this juncture, an unfortunately common tragedy of modern life will occur: A small child, likely a photogenic toddler, will be murdered or horrifically abused. It will happen in one of the media capitals of the Western world, thereby ensuring non-stop breathless coverage. Chip manufactures will recognize this as the opportunity they have been anticipating for years. With their technology now largely bug-free, familiar to most citizens and comparatively inexpensive, manufacturers will partner with the police to launch a high-profile campaign encouraging parents to implant their children "to ensure your own peace of mind."
Special deals will be offered. Implants will be free, providing the family registers for monitoring services. Loving but unnerved parents will be reassured by the ability to integrate tagging with other functions on their PDA so they can see their child any time from any place.
Paralleling these developments will be initiatives that employ the logic of convenience to entice the increasingly small group of holdouts to embrace the now common practice of being tagged. At first, such convenience tagging will be reserved for the highest echelon of Western society, allowing the elite to move unencumbered through the physical and informational corridors of power. Such practices will spread more widely as the benefits of being chipped become more prosaic. Chipped individuals will, for example, move more rapidly through customs.
Indeed, it will ultimately become a condition of using mass-transit systems that officials be allowed to monitor your chip. Companies will offer discounts to individuals who pay by using funds stored on their embedded chip, on the small-print condition that the merchant can access large swaths of their personal data. These "discounts" are effectively punitive pricing schemes, charging unchipped individuals more as a way to encourage them to submit to monitoring. Corporations will seek out the personal data in hopes of producing ever more fine-grained customer profiles for marketing purposes, and to sell to other institutions.
By this point all major organizations will be looking for opportunities to capitalize on the possibilities inherent in an almost universally chipped population. The uses of chips proliferate, as do the types of discounts. Each new generation of household technology becomes configured to operate by interacting with a person's chip.
Finding a computer or appliance that will run though old-fashioned "hands-on"' interactions becomes progressively more difficult and costly. Patients in hospitals and community care will be routinely chipped, allowing medical staff — or, more accurately, remote computers — to monitor their biological systems in real time.
Eager to reduce the health costs associated with a largely docile citizenry, authorities will provide tax incentives to individuals who exercise regularly. Personal chips will be remotely monitored to ensure that their heart rate is consistent with an exercise regime.
By now, the actual process of "chipping" for many individuals will simply involve activating certain functions of their existing chip. Any prospect of removing the chip will become increasingly untenable, as having a chip will be a precondition for engaging in the main dynamics of modern life, such as shopping, voting, and driving.
The remaining holdouts will grow increasingly weary of Luddite jokes and subtle accusations that they have something to hide. Exasperated at repeatedly watching neighbours bypass them in "chipped" lines while they remain subject to the delays, inconveniences, and costs reserved for the unchipped, they too will choose the path of least resistance and get an implant.
In one generation, then, the cultural distaste many might see as an innate reaction to the prospect of having our bodies marked like those of an inmate in a concentration camp will likely fade.
In the coming years some of the most powerful institutional actors in society will start to align themselves to entice, coerce, and occasionally compel the next generation to get an implant.
Now, therefore, is the time to contemplate the unprecedented dangers of this scenario. The most serious of these concern how even comparatively stable modern societies will, in times of fear, embrace treacherous promises. How would the prejudices of a Joe McCarthy, J. Edgar Hoover, or of southern Klansmen — all of whom were deeply integrated into the American political establishment — have manifest themselves in such a world? What might Hitler, Mao or Milosevic have accomplished if their citizens were chipped, coded, and remotely monitored?
Choirs of testimonials will soon start to sing the virtues of implants. Calm reassurances will be forthcoming about democratic traditions, the rule of law, and privacy rights. History, unfortunately, shows that things can go disastrously wrong, and that this happens with disconcerting regularity. Little in the way of international agreements, legality, or democratic sensibilities has proved capable of thwarting single-minded ruthlessness.
"It can't happen here" has become the whispered swan song of the disappeared. Best to contemplate these dystopian potentials before we proffer the tender forearms of our sons and daughters. While we cannot anticipate all of the positive advantages that might be derived from this technology, the negative prospects are almost too terrifying to contemplate."
The late Aaron Russo, filmmaker and former politician, who was associated with one of the Rockefellers (the Nick Rockefeller mentioned is a discreet individual, listed on the CFR membership roster: http://www.cfr.org/about/membership/roster.html?letter=R,
thee following concerning a media launch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6moHq9aP6Ow,
and on p. 36 of the following RAND corporation document as "International Attorney and Advisor to the RockVest Group of Investors & Rockefeller Paciﬁc Ventures": http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/corporate_pubs/2010/RAND_CP1-2007.pdf),
noted their declared agenda for people to be monitored with microchips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKlq9e8zlPE
The method of implementation - links to IBM, the smarter planet initiative, the Satellite system, etc., are all feasible with current technological plans, and sources on this issue from the implementers themselves are featured on screen in the documentary "One Mainframe to Rule Them All": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dhiKlouSq8